Our Clermont dentists are experts in restorative and implant dentistry, and at Clermont Family Dentistry, a dental implant is the best way to permanently restore a missing tooth and your smile. Call us today to learn more about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants utilize a two-part restoration to treat a missing tooth. A screw-shaped post is placed in your gum and jaw bone, replacing the root of your missing tooth. After your gum and jaw have healed around the post, a dental crown is permanently attached to the post with an abutment. The crown is custom-crafted for you mouth, so the result is a tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural tooth. Plus, it will last a lifetime.
The Dental Implant Process
Wondering what to expect from the process of getting a dental implant? Here’s an overview of what you can expect when getting dental implants from Dr. Mundi Buechele at Clermont Family Dentistry.
- Initial consultation – First, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Buechele, where you can discuss all of the options you have for restoring your smile, including implants, bridges, and dentures. If you are a good candidate for implants, he will take x-rays and images of your mouth to begin planning your surgery.
- Implant surgery – Next, you’ll have your implant placed. Dr. Buechele will clean and numb your mouth, then create an opening in your jaw bone and gums. The implant will be surgically attached to the jaw bone, then the area will be sutured shut to heal, and you’ll be sent home.
- Healing & recovery – Initial healing from your surgery takes about 2 weeks, but it will take between 3-6 months for your jaw bone to permanently bond with the dental implant.
- Follow-up & crown design – You’ll come in for a few follow-up appointments while your mouth heals, and Dr. Buechele will begin taking images and molds of your implant to create your dental crown.
- Permanent restoration – Once your mouth has fully healed and your crown is complete, you’ll come to our office for a final consultation. Dr. Buechele will check the fit of your crown, and then attach it to your implant permanently, completing the procedure.
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
So, why should you choose a dental implant over an alternative tooth restoration such as a dental bridge or partial denture? Here are just a few reasons:
- Dental implants last a lifetime – Dental implants can easily last anywhere from 30 years to the rest of your life with proper care and good oral hygiene. In contrast, bridges and dentures must be replaced as often as every 5 years.
- Implants are indistinguishable from natural teeth – Compared to bridges and dentures, dental implants look even more natural, since they are made of high-quality porcelain, and will never move or shift when you eat, speak, or chew.
- No specialized care required – Compared to dentures and bridges, it’s a lot easier to care for your single-tooth implant. To clean a single-tooth implant, all you have to do is brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. In addition, see Dr. Buechele for a teeth cleaning every six months. That’s it.
- Keeps your jaw bone strong – Your implant will place pressure on your jaw bone when you bite and chew, just like a natural tooth would. This strengthens the jaw and prevents bone resorption, which is a common problem after losing a tooth prematurely. Bridges and dentures do not have the same effect, since they do not stimulate the jaw bone directly.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Compared to alternative treatments like dentures and dental bridges, implants have a much longer lifespan. You can expect your dental implant to last you up to 30 years with proper care. Many patients are able to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. Make sure to follow Dr. Buechele’s recommendations for cleaning and caring for your dental implant to make sure it lasts as long as possible.
Interested In A Permanent Solution For Missing Teeth? Come To Our Office Today!
Whether you’re considering dentures or a dental bridge, or you’re interested in the long-term benefits of a dental implant, Clermont Family Dentistry is where you want to be. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment is right for your missing teeth. So don’t wait! Contact us at 352-242-1763 or (352) 269-1400 to get started, or drop by one of our offices in Clermont at Clermont Family Dentistry, .
Understanding The Advantages Of Dental Implants
Compared to other restorative dental treatments like dental bridges and dentures, dental implants have a few key advantages.
First, they help support and strengthen your jaw bone. The dental implant is placed directly into your jaw, and it functions as an artificial root, stimulating the area and preventing bone resorption, which is a common side effect of tooth loss. Dentures and dental bridges do not have the same effect.
Dental implants also look and feel very natural, and they are completely indistinguishable from natural teeth. You can eat, bite and speak without worrying about your implant slipping, and you can care for your new tooth by simply brushing and flossing normally.
The Dental Implant Process – Step-By-Step
Wondering how the dental implant process works? Here’s a quick, step-by-step overview of what you can expect at Clermont Family Dentistry.
- Implant consultation – First, you’ll schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. Your doctor will determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment, and take x-rays and images of your mouth and jaw to begin planning your implant surgery.
- (Optional) Pre-treatment surgeries – Depending on your condition, you may need additional treatments like tooth extractions, alveoloplasty (jaw bone smoothing) or a bone graft before you can have an implant placed. Your doctor will discuss these treatments with you in depth if they are necessary for your implant procedure.
- Implant placement – At your next appointment, your doctor will place your implant directly into your gum and jaw bone under anesthesia. Then, the treatment area will be cleaned and sutured shut to heal, and you will be sent home.
- Healing & recovery – It takes about 2-3 weeks to heal from the initial placement surgery, but the process of osseointegration, which bonds your implant to your jaw bone permanently, takes about 3-6 months.
- Building your restoration – During the 3-6 month healing period, you’ll come in for a few appointments at our office. Your doctor will make sure your mouth is healing properly, and will take impressions and images of your teeth to begin building your dental crown.
- Restoring your tooth – Once your mouth is completely healed, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Your doctor will check the size, shape, and appearance of your crown to make sure that it’s perfect, and then attach it to your dental implant. While the process of getting a dental implant is longer and more involved compared to a denture or dental bridge, you’ll enjoy superior results, and a smile that will last you a lifetime if you choose to have a dental implant at our office.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
As long as you care for your dental implant properly by brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing once a day, your implant will likely last you for the rest of your life. Most dental implants last at least 30 years.
However, your implant restoration, like a dental crown, may need to be replaced within 15-20 years. The implant itself will never become worn out, but your false tooth may eventually wear down or become cracked due to the wear & tear of chewing and biting.